If none of the new movie releases are appealing to you as fall begins but you still want to go savor the air-conditioning of your local multiplex, perhaps it’s time to turn to a classic.
The 1984 film “Ghostbusters” is currently in theaters for a week-long engagement that lasts until Sept. 4, in honor of its thirtieth anniversary, according to the movie ticket website Fandango. The movie stars Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson as a group of New Yorkers who start a business combating paranormal phenomena. One of their biggest challenges comes with the haunted apartment building where musician Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) lives with overbearing neighbor Louis Tully (Rick Moranis). The film is playing in select theaters all over the US.
Since its release, the movie has become a comedy classic. A sequel, “Ghostbusters II,” was released in 1989, and rumors of a third movie have continued to pop up every so often since then. The latest news, according to the Hollywood Reporter, was that Sony Pictures Entertainment was eyeing “Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig to take over the movie and that unnamed sources told the publication that the movie would be an “all-female reboot.”
As for the original film, “Ghostbusters” star Hudson told ABC News Radio that he thinks the themes of the movie are timeless.
“It deals with something, I think, that's very primal in all of us – the fear of what's on the other side,” he said. “We hear these stories about the end of the world… and in the movie, that's what happens and so we take them in a very realistic way and yet we laugh about them.”
Meanwhile, “Ghostbusters” director Ivan Reitman remembered the positive first impression he got of the film at the beginning of production.
“I was on the streets of Manhattan shooting with the four guys,” he told the Los Angeles Times. “Seeing them in full regalia, I just had this special feeling. I thought, 'This looks so unusual and wonderful, I think this can work.'”